Michael Hooper

What is True Leadership?

From the Trenches By Michael Hooper Americans are fond of worshipping leaders. They throw parties for them. They give them awards. They expect leaders to provide answers to profound questions….


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: DAVID CALLANAN

Co-Founder Advisors Excel Age: 38 Education: Washburn University, BBA Hometown: Benton, KS Spouse: Karlun Callanan Children: Chloe (7) and Jolie (4) Best Advice Ever Received: “Success is the peace of…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: ANDREW WEICHEN

Senior Project Manager / Designer Architect One P.A. Age: 36 Education: Kansas State University, BA Hometown: Topeka, KS Spouse: Casey Jo Wiechen Child: Mikaela (15) Role Model: My parents Robert…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: CANDIS MEERPOHL

4-H Youth Development Agent K-State Research & Extension Age: 31 Education: University of Kansas, BS Hometown: Hanston, KS Spouse: Kelly Meerpohl Children: Daryl (6) and Alex (2) Best Advice Ever…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: HATTIE MITCHELL

Tribal Treasurer Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Age: 30 Education: Washburn University, BBA, CPA Hometown: Mayetta, KS Role Model: Warren Buffett. He has built a great fortune and yet is still…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: MICHELLE McCORMICK

Batterer Intervention Program Certification Unit Coordinator Office of the Kansas Attorney General Age: 35 Education: University of Kansas, MS Hometown: Olpe, KS Best Advice Ever Received: A woman named JAC…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: NATHAN SCHMIDT

Topeka City Councilman City of Topeka Senior Database Administrator State of Kansas Age: 36 Education: University of Kansas, BS // Washburn University, BS Hometown: Hays, KS Role Model: My parents. They…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: JOHN BELL

Recreation Program Supervisor      Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site      Gage Park Mini-Train & Carousel Shawnee County Parks & Recreation 7th Grade Head Football Coach &…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: VINCE AVILA III

Sr. Human Resources Business Partner Westar Energy, Inc. Age: 34 Education: University of Kansas, BSME Hometown: Lawrence, KS Spouse: Julie Avila Children: Alex (15), Haley (12), Lila (10) and Titus…


Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: DR. GENA HENDRICKSON

Orthodontist Hamilton and Wilson Orthodontics Age: 29 Education: Kansas State University // University of Missouri-Kansas City, MS, DDS Spouse: Jeremy Hendrickson Role Model: My mom and dad are both my role…